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Here are some recent examples of how FirstService Residential New York has been making news.
 

How to Ensure a Stress-Free Board Member Election for your Condominium or Cooperative

Each year, cooperative shareholders and condominium owners meet to elect a board of directors or a board of managers that will be responsible for all aspects of the building for the following year. That election takes place at the community’s annual meeting. Board elections are a key part of your association’s stability and future growth. Follow these steps to make sure your election is fair, inclusive, and consistent with your governing documents. 

Posted on Tuesday May 17, 2016 read more

11 Qualities of a Great New York Property Management Company

Choosing the right New York property management company is no simple task. And finding out they’re not a good fit after you’ve contracted with one just isn’t an option. So what if there were a few qualities you could look for that made it more likely you were partnering with the best management company for your property? While every community is different, you can boil down the basic requirements into these most useful traits. With that said, here’s what you should look for in an excellent New York property management company. 

Posted on Friday May 13, 2016 read more

Dog Training Tips to Create a Happy Community

As dogs become cherished family members and your family’s best friend, it is very important to invest in their proper dog training and socialization. This will help you avoid any friction within your own home, as well as with those in your community. As a devoted dog owner, it’s up to you to earn a good reputation for yourself and for your dog. Here are some effective dog training tips to help make you and your dog a good community citizen and minimize complaints from neighbors. 

Posted on Monday May 09, 2016 read more

Buildings Get Bike Friendly

Marc Kotler, Senior Vice President of FirstService Residential's New Development Group, is quoted in The New York Times discussing the significance, and growing demand, of bicycle storage rooms in New York City residential buildings. 

Posted on Friday May 06, 2016 read more

Sustainable Living in the City: Tips for an Eco-Friendly Community and Lifestyle

While many New York City multifamily properties seek to adopt sustainable living practices and create eco-friendly communities, not everyone possesses the knowledge of where to begin such an endeavor. Here are some effective and easy tips to help you be proactive and successful in achieving your “green goals.” 

Posted on Monday May 02, 2016 read more

Understanding and Getting the Most Out of Local Law 87

As part of New York City’s Greener, Greater Buildings Plan, in 2012 the city enacted Local Law 87 (LL87) which mandates all buildings over 50,000 square feet complete an energy audit and retro-commissioning study of base building systems once every 10 years. The law defines base building systems as: the building envelope, HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning) systems, conveying systems, domestic hot water systems, and electrical and lighting systems.  

Posted on Tuesday April 19, 2016 read more

Lighting Retrofits Result in Financial Savings and Environmental Benefits

FS Energy recently facilitated lighting upgrades for dozens of FirstService Residential managed properties. Replacing common area bulbs and fixtures with highly efficient, ENERGY STAR-qualified LED lighting technologies yields significant reductions in energy use and costs while delivering more aesthetically-pleasing illumination.

Posted on Tuesday April 19, 2016 read more

Fueling the Smoking Debate: Co-op Liable for $120K Over Secondhand Smoke Infiltration

Smoking bans in condo, co-op, and rental buildings, while still relatively rare, are becoming more commonplace. Is this something that your board might want to consider? It is not easy to implement, and you should discuss this with your building’s attorney before starting the process.

Posted on Tuesday April 19, 2016 read more

FFI Enhances Fiscal Status of Silver Towers through Creative Financing

Our affiliate, FirstService Financial, Inc. (FFI), assists clients of FirstService Residential in obtaining financing at the most competitive interest rates and terms available. FFI has facilitated or assisted in loan placements in excess of $1 billion for cooperatives and condominium associations.

Posted on Tuesday April 19, 2016 read more

Meet FS Energy’s Kelly Dougherty: Efficiency Advisor for FirstService Residential Boards and Property Owners

As FS Energy’s Director of Energy Management, Kelly Dougherty supports FirstService Residential boards, building owners and property managers by analyzing and developing energy efficiency projects in their buildings.

Posted on Tuesday April 19, 2016 read more

In Pursuit of Green Power, Kips Bay Towers Purchases Renewable Energy Certificates

The board of Kips Bay Towers Condominium, in its endless quest to implement sustainable measures at its Midtown East complex —which comprises 1,118 apartments and spans 7.5 acres—expressed an interest in purchasing renewable energy.

Posted on Monday April 18, 2016 read more

FirstService Residential Buildings Net Nearly $1 Million in Dividends through Safety Group

FirstService Residential is pleased to report that 265 properties in our management portfolio collectively received $981,639 in dividends by participating in Safety Group #561—the largest and most successful Workers’ Compensation Safety Group for real estate in New York State.

Posted on Monday April 18, 2016 read more

FirstService Residential Hosts NYC Retrofit Accelerator Event

To support our commitment to improving the efficiency of multifamily properties throughout New York City, FirstService Residential hosted an informative presentation for board members that was jointly sponsored by the Mayor's Office of Sustainability and Manhattan’s Community Board 6.

Posted on Monday April 18, 2016 read more

Staff Management: The Key to Successful NYC Building Operations

From building operations and maintenance to financial management, contractor negotiations, and board and resident communications, a day in the life of an NYC property manager is ever-changing. It takes a special personality to navigate the intellectual rigors of this job. Among the many factors that make a good property manager and a successful management company, is the effective staff management for their building. Read on to learn more.

Posted on Friday April 15, 2016 read more

What You Need To Know When Organizing a Recycling Program for Your NYC Property

With spring in full bloom, now’s a great time to inspire your community to demonstrate support for environmental protection and preservation. If your NYC condo, co-op, or rental community is considering starting a recycling program – bravo! If you’d like to give it a go and don’t know how to begin, here are some effective tips on program development and suggestions for existing, New York City-funded recycling programs available at no cost to your property. Read on to get started.  

Posted on Friday April 08, 2016 read more

How to Meet Your NYC Neighbors: For the Tech Savvy and Digitally Enthralled

There are few things these days that an app can't help us find - from dining options to book clubs to fitness trainers, even - which is especially helpful given our robust calendars and the fast-paced lives we live as New Yorkers. Whether you're a newcomer to this big city, or a long time resident of the Big Apple looking to forge neighborly connections with likeminded locals in your area there may be online tools to meet your needs. Here’s an overview to get you started.    

Posted on Wednesday April 06, 2016 read more

FirstService Residential in March Edition of Mann Management Report

Photos from our Annual Celebration for Associates appear in a two-page spread in the latest edition of Mann Management Report. 

Posted on Tuesday March 15, 2016 read more

The Price of Smoking in Co-ops Just Went Up. Way Up

In a decision that’s sure to fuel the smoking debate in every co-op in the city, a state Supreme Court judge has awarded more than $120,000 in back maintenance, interest and attorney fees to a co-op shareholder who claimed that smoke from other apartments had permeated her unit and rendered it uninhabitable.

Posted on Friday March 04, 2016 read more

Training New Board Members - Shortening the Learning Curve

President Dan Wurtzel is quoted in this recent Cooperator article discussing the importance of training to ensure that newly-elected board members fully understand their role and fiduciary duties, as well as the mission of the association, in order to successfully serve the building.

Posted on Tuesday February 16, 2016 read more

What Size Management Company? Is Bigger Always Better?

President Dan Wurtzel offers advice to boards seeking a new management company in this Cooperator article titled “What Size Management Company?”

Posted on Friday January 15, 2016 read more
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